What is an ecstasy?


#1

What does “being in ecstasy” mean? I’ve read about this expression in reference to saints but was wondering if anyone can be in ecstasy.


#2

The Catholic Encyclopedia defines that an ecstasy is a state in which interiorly a person’s mind is focused on a religious object and exteriorly his senses are suspended so that, generally speaking, he cannot be roused from the state until it passes.

An ecstasy is a supernatural gift that occasionally occurs to a person immersed in contemplative prayer. As it is a gift, it can be given to anyone; but someone who suspects that he may have experienced an ecstasy should consider discussing the experience with a balanced, orthodox spiritual director for help with proper discernment.

**Recommended reading:

Ecstasy
The Danger of Centering Prayer** by Fr. John D. Dreher
Seeking Spiritual Direction by Fr. Thomas Dubay


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